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    Plural or Singular verbs and from or in

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions about grammars.

    Question 1:
    The short form of 5 percents is 5%.
    Should we use Singular or Plural verb when we use % instead of Percent:
    A1.
    How much is 5% of stock shares worth?
    A2.
    How much are 5% of stock shares worth?

    Question 2:
    I was living in Australia but I am studying in China now.
    My uncle is living in New York. One day he telephoned me.
    Is there any difference between these two sentences:
    B1.
    I recevied a phone call from Uncle David in New Yrok.
    B2.
    I recevied a phone call from Uncle David from New Yrok.

    Please help, teachers.
    Thank you so much.

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    Re: Plural or Singular verbs and from or in

    Kitty, please use separate posts for totally unrelated questions. You'll get quicker responses.

    And please give your threads more meaningful titles, such as 5% - plural or singular? and A phone call from Uncle David.

    I'll deal with the first.

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions about grammar (no s).

    Question 1:
    The short form of 5 percent (no s) is 5%.
    Should we use a singular or plural verb when we use % instead of percent:
    A1.
    How much is 5% of stock shares worth? Right.
    A2.
    How much are 5% of stock shares worth? Wrong.
    Rover

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    I'm not a teacher
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Question 2:
    I was living in Australia but I am studying in China now.
    My uncle is living in New York. One day he telephoned me.
    Is there any difference between these two sentences:
    B1.
    I received a phone call from Uncle David in New York.
    B2.
    I received a phone call from Uncle David from New York.
    Doesn't B1 suggest that you're the one who's in New York?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
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    Doesn't B1 suggest that you're the one who's in New York?
    No. "I received a phone call in New York from uncle David" means that. Much more natural, though, would be "Uncle David phoned me (while I was) in New York"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    How much is 5% of stock shares worth?
    A2.
    How much are 5% of stock shares worth?

    Not a teacher.

    However, we (are supposed to) say "I know that 5% of stock shares are worth ...", aren't we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Not a teacher.

    However, we (are supposed to) say "I know that 5% of stock shares are worth ...", aren't we?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No. "I received a phone call in New York from uncle David" means that. Much more natural, though, would be "Uncle David phoned me (while I was) in New York"
    Ah, all right. What about the two options though? Are they both okay?

    B1. I received a phone call from Uncle David in New York.
    B2. I received a phone call from Uncle David from New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Ah, all right. What about the two options though? Are they both okay?

    B1. I received a phone call from Uncle David in New York.
    B2. I received a phone call from Uncle David from New York.
    The first one is fine. The second would be OK with a comma after "David".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first one is fine. The second would be OK with a comma after "David".
    I am not sure if I understand it, teacher.
    Since I am in China now,
    will people misunderstand that I am in New York if I say:
    I recevied a phone call from Uncle David in New York.

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    Re: Plural or Singular verbs and from or in

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    I am not sure if I understand it, teacher.
    Since I am in China now,
    will people misunderstand that I am in New York if I say:
    I received a phone call from Uncle David in New York.
    According to what bhaisahab wrote, no they won't.

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